Anyhow, some WIPs ranging anywhere from a few months to over a year ago, with some recent revisions to the faces and whatnot. Shape and line choices vary because of the former, which isn't a big deal given most of these are still works in progress.
Am starting to really not regret sitting on drawings, especially in
regards to comic panels, given how much easier and codified this
particular character's face was to draw after having a year's worth of
time under my belt. Pauca sed matura, at least in terms of what folks see. There's plenty more of these sorts of drawings behind the scenes.
"How is a road beaten down through the virgin snow? One person
walks ahead, sweating, swearing, and barely moving his feet. He keeps
getting stuck in the loose, deep snow. He goes far ahead, marking his
path with uneven black pits. When he tires, he lies down on the snow,
lights a home-made cigarette, and the tobacco smoke hangs suspended
above the white, gleaming snow like a blue cloud. The man moves on, but
the cloud remains hovering above the spot where he rested, for the air
is motionless. Roads are always beaten down on days like these - so that
the wind won't sweep away this labor of man. The man himself selects
points in the snow's infinity to orient himself - a cliff, a tall tree.
He steers his body through the snow in the same fashion that a helmsman
steers a riverboat from one cape to another.
"Five or six
persons follow shoulder-to-shoulder along the narrow, wavering track of
the first man. They walk beside his path but not along it. When they
reach a predetermined spot, they turn back and tramp down the clean
virgin snow which has not yet felt the foot of man. The road is tramped
down. It can be used by the people, sleighs, tractors. If they were to
walk directly behind the first man, the second group would make a
clearly defined but barely passable narrow path, and not a road. The
first man has the hardest task, and when he is exhausted, another man
from the group of five takes his place. Each of them - even the smallest
and weakest - must beat down a section of virgin snow, and not simply
follow another's footsteps. Later will come tractors and horses driven
by readers, instead of authors and poets."
Not even halfway through the season yet. Anyhow, making the effort every day to step away from storyboarding and doing some kind of illustration, design, or color work. Even if it sits in a folder for the better part of a year.